Kate Gosselin: Asian-Mocking Photo Was a Joke From Happier Times

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Kate Gosselin is addressing a controversial photo that surfaced online earlier this week in which the mother of eight appears to be mocking Asians.

The picture, she insists, isn't what it seems.

Kate Gosselin Mocks Asians

According to Kate, the Asian-mocking photo was "personal," taken without permission from her computer, and actually a good moment during her marriage.

"This was a happy memory of mine," she wrote. "It was a happy time for me and Jon, smiling and 'goofing off' together. Jon and I were opening fan mail."

"We opened up this plastic Asian dress-up wig sent from a caring fan, we smiled, each taking turns posing in it and snapping photos of each other."

"Naturally, I 'slanted' my eyes to show him my best Asian impression, which made him smile," she added, noting the reason the fan sent the wig.

The fan said it was so she could "be Asian" like the rest of her family.

"It's normal to talk about and even 'exaggerate' feature differences between members of a biracial family as they are noticed by curious growing children," she said.

"These types of discoveries and at home discussions are a normal part of being a loving accepting biracial family and it does not make any of us prejudiced!"

Kate Gosselin, who divorced her husband following an epic scandal in 2009, dismissed the idea that she had any malicious intent in taking the photo.

"I married an Asian. I have eight biracial children, therefore I'm quite certain that I'm the last person that could be called a racist," she wrote.

"I couldn't be more proud of my eight beautiful children and wouldn't change anything about them or their heritage. God loves each of us equally."

"In this family, we don't see color or preference, we see qualities and hearts."

As for how the pic got out, she didn't say, though it would certainly stand to reason that her longtime adversary Robert Hoffman is behind it all.

What do you think? Do you accept Kate's explanation?